Vehicle Donation is OIL the Rage!

The Big Spring Clean – It’s Simple

Break ups can be hard, but sometimes that vehicle just needs to go. Let the beauty of spring inspire you to get rid of the car, truck, RV, boat or motorcycle that’s just taking up space! 🌷

Clean out your yard or garage all while knowing you’re making a big difference to your only community supported public television station. 

KLRU takes care of everything, from initial pick up to sending out final tax documentation. No matter what condition your vehicle is in, we can retrieve and put it directly toward the quality programming and vital services Central Texans depend on.

Getting the process started is super easy too! Just fill out this short online form or call us directly at 855-996-KLRU (5578).

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Your thoughtful gift to KLRU this spring ensures that your neighbors—families that attend our educational workshops, individuals who rely on our news and public affairs programming, fans who watch Masterpiece just for the pleasure of a fun drama—will always have this space to be educated, entertained and inspired.

Thank you!

Q Night at the Movies features Network 4/21

Q Night at the Movies presents the ever-relevant film Network. Winner of four Academy Awards and a constant on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films list, it’s a must-see. Catch a conversation with groundbreaking entertainer Keenen Ivory Wayans beforehand, then stick around for a deeper look into one of Network’s stars, William Holden. It all starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

On Story A Conversation with Keenen Ivory Wayans at 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment trailblazer writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans achieved national prominence when he created the culturally groundbreaking, Emmy award-winning, black-oriented comedy satire In Living Color. In this episode, Wayans talks about his circular path to Hollywood and how In Living Color paved the way for so many artists and subsequent projects.

Feature Film Network at 8 p.m.
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Hollywood Idols William Holden: The Golden Boy at 10 p.m.
Academy Award winner William Holden was handsome, charming and unconventional and never lost his power to enchant an audience. Included are scenes from: Golden Boys, The Country Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The World of Suzie Wong and Network. Interviewees include actors Robert Wagner, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson and Susan Strasberg and directors Sydney Lumet, Blake Edwards and Robert Wise.

Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 10:30 p.m.
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

KLRU Passport Highlights – April 2018

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Buzzworthy New Show: Jamestown 

Available exclusively online and from the producers of Downton AbbeyJamestown takes viewers back to 1619 in the New World. Virginia, Alice, Verity and Jocelyn are among the first women to arrive in the English colony and their presence causes disruption. Contracted to marry men who have paid for their passage, they have little idea of what their futures hold. Follow our heroines as they are thrust into a tangle of desire and power. While love triangles, bitter rivalries and fierce competition cause conflict for the residents, ultimately they are bound together by their resolute will to thrive in their new home. Watch all eight episodes of Season 1 now!

ONLY ON KLRU Passport
The Painted Churches of Texas: Echoes of the Homeland

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One of our most popular documentaries is now available! The film tours 15 famous painted churches found throughout Texas. Constructed by 19th century immigrants, nearly every internal surface of the churches, from the baseboards to the apses, are covered in bright paint.

Once taken for granted, these painted churches of Texas are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. German and Czech inscriptions on the walls stand out as reminders of how far these architects traveled to find a new life in Texas.

Get inspired for your next weekend destination with this and other
local programs exclusive to KLRU Passport:

• Las Misiones: Missions of Texas
• Wine Roads of Texas

Inside the Musical
Great Performances: Hamilton’s America

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Go behind-the-scenes with this documentary that blends footage of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s writing process and scenes from the musical. Explore the stage show alongside the legacy of Alexander Hamilton. This pop culture Broadway phenomenon is the winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

From the Archives
Royal Wives at War

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The British royal family is torn apart and an empire is thrown into crisis. This drama-documentary reveals a fierce rivalry between the Queen Mother and American socialite Wallis Simpson, alongside the cultural and constitutional repercussions from their bitter feud.

⭐ Staff Pick
The Tunnel

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Adam from our Development Team is currently catching his thrills with The Tunnel. He’s been binging the entire series in preparation for the full release of Season 3 on KLRU Passport this July 1.

Starring Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), this geo-political crime drama moves between the coasts of Kent and Northern France via the Eurotunnel, against a backdrop of a continent in crisis. Intricately plotted, this series reveals how the vulnerable and powerless become mere commodities in an underworld of ideological predators.

Coming Next Month
Little Women

Watch The Trailer
May 13, 2018 — See all 3 Episodes on KLRU Passport
the same night as the on-air premiere of Part 1.

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage. This three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife is directed by Vanessa Caswill (ThirteenMy Mad Fat Diary).

Joining KLRU Passport is easy!
Become a member at $60/year or $5/month and you’ll qualify.

Check here for any additional KLRU Passport questions.

 

Overheard tapes Lee Ann Womack 04/20

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Lee Ann Womack on April 20 at 1:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The event is free but an RSVP is required.

Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack is a country music singer and songwriter who came to fame in 2000 with her single I Hope You Dance. Womack has won five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards and one Grammy Award and has sold over six million albums. Her latest album, titled The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, is a hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues.

Friday, April 20 at 1:15 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors for KLRU members at 12:15 p.m.
Doors for general admission at 12:45 p.m.
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity.

NEW entry procedures:
• KLRU members receive early studio access. This benefit is available only to current members with valid RSVP for up to 5 total guests in each party.
Not a member? Donate here.
• General admission begins 30 minutes after KLRU member entry. Priority access for members also ends at this time (no jumping the line).
• All attendees are still required to RSVP as usual. If the deadline has passed, walk-up admission may be offered on a space-available basis.
• Lobby doors will remain closed until published entry times. Lines will form outside on the plaza, rain or shine; please prepare accordingly. KLRU personnel will be available to assist guests with accessibility needs.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up its eighth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Lee Ann Womack. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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Q Night at the Movies features Cat On a Hot Tin Roof 4/14

Q Night at the Movies presents the classic Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize winning play-turned-movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Before the film, get in touch with your emotions as Lewis Black discusses the animated hit Inside Out, followed by a look into the career of actress and director Greta Gerwig. Watch starting at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes To The Movies Inside Out and The Science of Comedy at 7 p.m.
Comedian Lewis Black (the voice of Anger) talks about Disney’s Inside Out and the neuroscience of comedy. Does laughter hit a particular part in our brain that infiltrates our deep rooted biases?

On Story A Conversation with Greta Gerwig at 7:30 p.m.
In our season 8 premiere episode, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig talks about her theatrical beginnings, what she learned working with filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Mike Mills and others in such films as Frances Ha and 20th Century Women and taking the leap to write and direct her own film, the critically acclaimed Lady Bird.

Feature Film Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at 8 p.m.
Two brothers, one an alcoholic (Paul Newman) who resents his devoted wife (Elizabeth Taylor), visit their dying millionaire father (Burl Ives) in the South.

Roadtrip through Texas when you join KLRU Passport!

Now is a great time to become a KLRU Member! When you make a gift of $60/year or $5/month, you’ll qualify for KLRU Passport
and receive exclusive content. 

Kickstart your spring Texas-style with three local Texas productions,
only available on KLRU Passport. Each program gives fascinating insight into some of the special places found along the mighty plains of our Lone Star State.

You might just find the perfect weekend destination.

Start your exploration with the hidden masterpieces inside The Painted Churches of Texas: Echoes of the HomelandFound within 15 churches constructed by 19th century immigrants, nearly every surface, from the baseboards to the apses, are covered in paint.

Once taken for granted, these painted churches of Texas are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. German and Czech inscriptions on the walls stand out as reminders of how far these architects traveled to find a new life in Texas.

Produced by the award-winning filmmaker who brought you The Painted Churches of Texas, Tom Spencer presents Las Misiones: Missions of Texas. This moving documentary showcases the architectural beauty and historical significance of missions in San Antonio, El Paso and Goliad.

These Texas wonders are important religious and community gathering places, many of which are still functioning churches more than 300 years into their history!

Wine Roads of Texas is a breathtaking video travel guide for those interested in exploring the ever-growing and award-winning Texas wine industry. 

Narrated by the Grammy Award winning lead singer of Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Benson, the series boasts gorgeous Texas scenery and a beautiful musical soundtrack. Each episode even offers tips on selecting the best Texas varietals, so you can begin testing regional wines at home!

Remember, become a KLRU Member at
$60/year or $5/month and you’ll qualify for KLRU Passport!

Check here for any additional KLRU Passport questions.

Get A Shirt, Save The Drive!

Will you help us catch up?

KLRU eliminated an entire weekend of on-air interruption, ending our fund drive two days early! That means we still have $12,000 more to raise! Can we count you in?

And when you give a gift equal to or more than $10/sustaining or $120/one-time, you can receive KLRU’s schnazzy soft cotton baseball tee as our thank you!

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KLRU is free to everyone, with no commercial influence. Without donor support, we wouldn’t exist. This spring, every child who acquires a new skill from PBS KIDS, every adult who gains broader perspective from NewsHour or Decibel and every low-income family who engages in STEM-based community workshops will benefit with your commitment to this PBS station.

Meet The Stanton Family

What do science lessons and family bonding have in common? For Patrick, Lucinda and Naomi Stanton, the connection comes from their time together at the Ruff Ruffman Family & Community Learning workshop.

The Stantons participated in this four week series along with other area families. Designed to spark STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) interest in young children, the workshop also empowers parents like Patrick and Lucinda to support their child’s education both at school and home.

“With the four weeks of science projects and doing things and meeting different people, Naomi learned a lot. It was awesome!” Patrick’s observation of his daughter’s time at the Ruff Ruffman workshop is a testament to what a valuable experience these sessions are for kids and parents alike.

Low-income and underserved households are often less equipped to address learning gaps. KLRU’s collaboration with key community partners addresses critical needs in early education by presenting lessons through play and hands-on activities. Research-based, engaging outreach to Central Texas families provides practical tools that these participants can continue to utilize well beyond the workshop.

Miriam Mendoza, KLRU’s Project Director for Ready To Learn says “I just like those little moments where the parent realizes ‘Wow, my child can learn through playing and I can be a part of that.’”

Each session starts with a meal, giving the adults the chance to talk and connect with neighbors who also have young families. Spending quality time with neighbors expands the support network for all these parents, which in turn supports all the children in their STEM progress.

Lucinda was particularly excited about the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad Naomi received after graduating from Ruff Ruffman. “It has a lot of learning apps: reading, drawing, spelling. It’s helping her to get more familiar with computers because they use them at school. And it actually helped me out too.” For some families, this is the first device they’ve brought home. This access lets kids hone technology skills and engage in creative, thoughtful play.

The Stantons gained the confidence at our Family & Community Learning workshop to tackle hands-on engineering projects together. KLRU’s Ready To Learn promotes early learning and school readiness while striving to build a more informed and connected Central Texas. And from Naomi’s smiles, this is just the first of many exciting STEM discoveries that she’ll make with her parents there to cheer her on.

“We’re thankful for the educational workshops KLRU provides in the community.”

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help at klru.org.value

Family & Community Learning (FCL) workshops are part of the Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project through the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

          

Get to know KLRU’s early childhood community partners: Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. These local organizations are essential to the success of our workshops! They recruit families like the Stantons, they provide the space and their staff lead instruction.

Check out additional information about KLRU’s time at the Ruff Ruffman camp.

Read more about KLRU’s involvement with Ready To Learn (RTL) and Family & Community Learning (FCL).

Give today and shorten the KLRU Spring Fund Drive by an entire weekend!

You can help us cross the finish line!! Just 12 days ago, we set out with an ambitious but necessary goal to raise $220,000 during our Spring Fund Drive. Your contribution can make this goal a reality and allow KLRU to remain on-air, online and in the community.

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And if you give today, we can reduce our drive by two days! KLRU wants to thank all the wonderful viewers who have shown support this March by ending our fundraising drive on Friday. That means giving back our entire weekend of programming with no on-air interruptions! In order to cut off two days, we must meet our goal—can we count you in?

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As a reminder of how your dollars impact KLRU and the Central Texas community, here’s a practical breakdown of real costs and effects.

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KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, opening doors to art, entertainment and discovery. Protect this community space where everyone is welcome—your support of KLRU nurtures a Central Texas that learns and grows together.